Rovers celebrate ‘phenomenal turnaround’

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Featherstone Rovers are staging a special event in the clubhouse on Friday to thank the club’s volunteers.

Rovers recently reported a profit of £10,000 during the latest financial period from January 1 to November 30.

The club’s chief executive Craig Poskitt (pictured) hailed it as “a phenomenal turnaround” after losses of £90,000 the previous two years.

Turnover increased from £1 million to £1.1m, despite the figures covering only 11 months due to the club changing its financial year. Gate receipts increased by 79 per cent. Income from season tickets/membership rose by 20 per cent and there was also growth in sponsorship and advertising.

The club rely heavily on an army of volunteers who range from those helping to redevelop the Railway End of the stadium to those distributing golden gamble tickets and sometimes doing unnoticed tasks and activities.

The event this Friday will be in the Cappers Bar which will open from 7pm.

There will be a disco and a buffet with Paul Coventry providing an update on the stadium redevelopment.

Mr Poskitt said: “The club is growing rapidly but we rely on the goodwill and generosity of volunteers who give up their valuable spare time to support the club.

“We would like to invite all supporters and volunteers to an evening to celebrate and reward all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes at the club.

“Since joining the club I am amazed at the hard work and determination of our volunteers and would like to thank them for all their hard work.”